Many feel It Was Written could not measure up to the masterpiece that was Illmatic, while some believe it to be on equal ground. Personally, I just feel it was a very solid follow up, and Nas was on point with his storytelling qualities such as in tracks like I Gave You Power and The Message. He also had a major hit in the mainstream track If I Rule the World which still remains as one of the best songs in his catalogue. The production was also spot on for the most part, something that would later on become an issue for later Nas albums. Although flawed, this is still a decent enough album. Full review coming soon.